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Senior Press Officer (Charitable)

Senior Press Officer (Charitable)

  • Location

    London

  • Sector:

    Communications, Permanent

  • Job Type:

    Permanent

  • Salary:

    £32,000 - £37,500

  • Contact:

    Annaleise Hollis

  • Contact Email:

    AHollis@vmagroup.com

  • Job Ref:

    AH913947

  • Published:

    8 months ago

  • Expiry Date:

    2019-02-13

This is an exciting time to join my client, the UK’s largest breast cancer research charity. As Senior Press Officer (Charitable) you will be tasked with engaging the press and the public in all aspects of our charitable work, develop and lead PR activity to promote my client’s scientific research, breast cancer health information and policy and campaigning work across all channels – ensuring maximum cut-through and exposure for the organisation, its spokespeople and our key messages.

You will also put breast cancer, and the key issues affecting patients, high on the national news agenda while ensuring responsible and accurate reporting across all media.

The role

We’re looking for an ambitious and expert Senior Press Officer (Charitable) to join our high-performing PR & Celebrity team. You will play a lead a lead role in raising the profile of my client’s scientific research, policy and campaigning activity and public health information – and in driving change for patients – through a combination of reactive and proactive media relations.

An exceptional writer with a keen eye for a news angle and a passion for ensuring responsible reporting, you’ll be working in a team that generates almost daily national media coverage in the papers, online and on TV and radio.

Crucially, you’ll help to ensure that the realities of breast cancer – and the key issues affecting patients, including access to treatments – remain high on the national agenda. You’ll produce succinct written materials of a very high standard to short deadlines, from press releases to broadcast briefings for spokespeople up to CEO level, as well as developing and implementing media strategies.

An excellent communicator, you’ll build relationships with key national health and science journalists – as well as with regional and trade media – and you’ll look after case studies and recruit new ones. Your inter-personal skills will also be second-to-none, enabling you to prepare spokespeople for interviews and to help organise media events such as photo calls and briefings. In addition, you’ll monitor and evaluate PR activity, participate in the team’s out-of-hours on call rota and support with team admin where required.

 About you

You will have significant experience in health or science PR, including in drafting strong evidence-based press releases and securing major national coverage on medical research or healthy policy, as well as in developing and implementing impactful PR plans and responding to press enquiries.

You’ll have first-class writing skills, as well as proven experience in dealing with – and meeting the needs of – the national media on a daily basis, including print, broadcast and online journalists. Most importantly, you’ll be absolutely dedicated to improving outcomes for patients and women at risk of the disease, with a passion for the role of communications in driving change and increasing awareness.

For further information and to apply

Please submit your CV and supporting statement, addressing the criteria’s you meet listed in the person specification.

Closing date: Tuesday 4th December, 9am

1st Interview date: w/c 10 December 2018

2nd Interview date: w/c 17 December 2018

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